Google Drive Targeted Tips

As the end of the school year is quickly winding down, many teachers reflect and set goals for the next school year.  Do you need help keeping your Google Drive organized?  Check out these Targeted Tips for Drive Organization and Settings.  Feel free to download and share!  More Targeted Tips will be coming soon. Targeted... Continue Reading →

Google Educator Certification Boot Camp

I'm excited to be a Google for Education Certified Trainer and will be holding a boot camp in Frisco, TX on July 12-13, 2016 to help teachers get ready for the Google Certified Educator exams.  I have been holding 1 day sessions in my district this semester and we currently have 24!  Check out the flyer... Continue Reading →

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is the integration of digital learning with classroom instruction.  I used blended instruction with my 7th grade science students during the 2014-15 school year with great success.  My school district does not offer advanced classes for 7th grade science students and while most classrooms focus on teaching to the middle and differentiating for... Continue Reading →

Creating a PD Badge Program

As an Instructional Technology Specialist, its my job to help my teachers learn how to integrate technology in meaningful ways.  But what happens when the teachers just don't have the time?  Time is a precious commodity for educators so I was looking for a way to provide technology professional development but without taking up too... Continue Reading →

Build a ‘Shark Tank Show’ in Your Classroom

Inside the classroom, outside the box!

“Innovation is change that unlocks new value” By Jamie Notter

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The TV show ‘Shark Tank’ gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to sell a business idea to millionaire entrepreneurs in only a few minutes. One day when watching the show I thought ‘why couldn’t we take this idea and add it into the classroom?’ That is when I started brainstorming different ways to use the ‘Shark Tank’ framework to bring in more student ownership into the classroom. I soon realized I have been doing a version of ‘Shark Tank’ in my classroom before Shark Tank was invented!

Each year in my math class, students were put into groups and had to design a theme park. This project lasted all year long and for each standard/skill, they had a different piece to complete. For example, area and perimeter: The students had to mathematically figure out how to best utilize their blueprint to fit…

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Think Like Scientists: Can You Balance An Egg on Its End?

In my classroom, we call it the CER method. Different name, same strategy to write a great conclusion!

Inside the classroom, outside the box!

“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.” Alexander Graham Bell

Guest Blog Post by Wayne Fisher, Elementary Science Specialist

There is an urban myth that the only day you can balance an egg on its end is during the spring equinox, which happened to be March 20th at 12:57 pm. Is that true and how can we know?   Here’s how:
Use the CL-EV-R model to engage your students in an activity where they try to balance a egg on its end.   CL-EV-R stands for Claims, Evidence, and Reasons and is a wonderful teaching and learning strategy to support argumentation in the Common Core as well as learning in science.
The short version of CL-EV-R is for students…

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Flipping the SMART Way

Last week I attended Allen ISD's 2nd Annual Flipped Classroom Conference cohosted by Flipped Learning.  Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams started out the day discussing the best practices in the Flipped Classroom and sharing their journey during the last six years.  You can check out their websites as well as some of the videos they shared... Continue Reading →

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